Latest Rail News

Measure R money isn't just for road projects' it can now be used to purchase railroad tracks, the Foothills Sun-Gazette reports. The Tulare County, Calif., Board of Supervisors approved an amendment to the Measure R expenditure plan that will allow the county to purchase railroad fixtures including ties, ballast, tracks and signals to ensure that the property is maintained for rail use.

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The Surface Transportation Board is requesting feedback from Chicago-area communities affected by the merger of Canadian National Railway with the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway Co. The Board will also audit CN's informational reports that the railroad is required to file with the STB as a condition of the merger.

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MTA NYC Transit said that effective Wednesday, January 20, 2010, MTA Staten Island Railway will begin fare collection at the newly constructed Tompkinsville Stationhouse. The $6.9-million Tompkinsville Fare Collection Project included the construction of a stationhouse entrance, the installation of turnstiles, cameras, fare vending and communications equipment.

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Crystal Lake, Ill., officials have approved a pre-annexation agreement for a 17-acre site, where Metra plans to build a commuter train stop, the Chicago Tribune reports. The station, between the Woodstock and Crystal Lake stations, would cost an estimated $5 million and take four years to open, Metra officials say. It is part of a planned expansion to the Union Pacific Northwest line.

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As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to highlight the local impact of economic stimulus programs, U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios met with Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel construction site to highlight the use of Build America Bonds in North Texas infrastructure projects. The Build America Bonds program has provided $64 billion in low-cost borrowing to date for state and local governments across the country, including almost $3 billion in North Texas.


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Sound Transit commuter rail service between Everett, Wash., and Seattle is shut down at least until the evening of Jan. 21 because of a mudslide across the tracks, the Everett Herald reports. The slide hit around 7:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in north Seattle, blocking the tracks and forcing passengers on two of the four Sounder commuter trains to disembark at Edmonds Station and ride buses the rest of the way to Seattle, according to Sound Transit.

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The City College of New York (CCNY) said that a scholarship in honor of James L. Lammie, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. has been endowed by Richard Ravitch, the Lieutenant Governor of New York.

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The UTU, BLET, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and the American Train Dispatchers Association have asked the FRA to deny an Amtrak request to waive permanently the existing mandatory and safety-critical functions governing passenger-platform snow removal outside the Northeast Corridor.

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Trains traversing North Riverside, Riverside and Berwyn, Ill., along the Canadian National tracks will be prevented from sounding their horns at nine grade crossings in those towns starting Jan. 28, the Riverside Brookfield Landmark reports.

 

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Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) has placed an order worth $321 million with a consortium led by Siemens Mobility for the design, manufacture and installation of a new Communication-based Train Control System. Upgrading the PATH system to CBTC will increase the system's throughput to meet future peak time demands, in addition to increasing safety and reliability while reducing ongoing maintenance costs. The project is due to be completed in 2017.

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